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Big Preview: Gillingham vs Southend United

25 August 2017

Gillingham vs Southend United


Blues travel to Gillingham’s MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the first of two meetings between the two sides in a matter of days.

Match Previews

McGlashan Aiming To Get Back To Winning Ways

25 August 2017

Both teams will face each other again at Priestfield next Tuesday when they meet in the Checkatrade Trophy, but before then vital league points are at stake.

The Gills haven’t lost to Southend in their last eight meetings and will hope that that record continues as they await their first win of the season following two defeats and a draw so far.

Phil Brown, on the other hand, will be hoping to end a run of three straight defeats to Gillingham as he looks for his side to build on last weekend’s draw against Plymouth Argyle.


Gillingham: LLLDWW

Southend United: DLLWWL

Last Three Encounters

25th February 2017: Gillingham (Wright 2) 2 vs 1 (Ranger) Southend United

9th August 2016: Southend United (McLaughlin) 1 vs 3 (McDonald, Emmanuel Thomas 2) Gillingham

6th August 2016: Southend United (McLaughlin) 1 vs 3 (Emmanuel Thomas, Ehmer, Osadebe) Gillingham

Team News

Blues defender Rob Kiernan has been ruled out for a couple of weeks having missed last weekend's draw against Plymouth with a knee injury.

Although his injury is not as serious as first thought, Kiernan joins fellow defenders Ben Coker and Michael Turner on the sidelines with midfielder Anthony Wordsworth nearing a return. 

Former Blues player Luke O’Neill is in line to face his former side for the first time since departing in the summer whilst recent signings Steve Arnold and Ben Nugent contest for their first starts.

Midfielder Billy Bingham and defender Aaron Morris are both nearing returns from injuries for the Gills, although tomorrow may come too soon for both.  

They Say

Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;

“We’ve steadied the ship after Rotherham and now we’re going into a derby game at Gillingham.

Club News

Phil Brown previews Saturday's game at Gillingham

24 August 2017

“They are one of those teams where when we go there we seem to notoriously fold in the squad. 

“There’s been three of four times I can categorically state that we should have won, including last season when we went down to ten-men.

“We need to go out there and put the fear of God into them from the first minute. It’s important to me that we get back to winning ways like the first game of the season and move on from there.”

Ady Pennock, Gillingham Manager;

“We want to win, performances have been good and I have been pleased with them and the improvement we have had.

“We haven’t had the rub of the green with the referees. I had an email from Trevor Kettle, the referee last Saturday, apologising but it’s a bit late really. It doesn’t help.

“We want to get a win as soon as we can and we are not too far away. We are solid, strong and still creating chances. I have got belief in the players.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Gillingham 3-3 Southend

26 August 2017

Blues’ wait for a win over Gillingham continued as they twice failed to hold onto a lead with Tom Eaves’ hat-trick rescuing a point for the home side in a 3-3 draw.

After losing all three meetings between the two sides last season, Southend opened the scoring at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium when Ryan Leonard smarty lifted the ball over Tomas Holy.

Having been booed off at half time, Gillingham’s number nine Tom Eaves scored two headers in the space of seven second-half minutes to put Ady Pennock’s side in front.

That lead lasted less than two minutes as Michael Kightly drilled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area before Simon Cox tapped in his own rebound to put Blues back in front.

But Southend couldn’t hold onto the lead again as Theo Robinson brought down Mark Byrne in the area, allowing Eaves to complete his hat-trick but only after Oxley had saved his initial spot-kick.

It was another case of missed opportunities for Southend who arguably could have been three up by half-time, but they had to settle for just a point from their trip to Kent.

Following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle, Blues remained unchanged for the fourth straight league game as they looked to end an eight-game winless run against the Gills.

Gillingham had former Blue Luke O’Neill in their starting line-up and gave a full-debut to Liam Nash who last season was playing Isthmian League football Maldon & Tiptree.

Both sides exchanged early chances when former Gills player Jermaine McGlashan forced a save from Tomas Holy before former Blue O’Neill forced one out of Oxley seconds later.

The home side was yet to win a game or a score a goal so far this season, but they came close to breaking their scoring-duck when Max Ehmer headed over from inside the six-yard box.

Gillingham continued to put the pressure on Blues without creating any further clear openings and after weathering that pressure, Southend went on to break the deadlock through Ryan Leonard.

McGlashan’s strike on the right of the penalty area looped up off a defender, leaving Leonard to challenge the Gills ‘keeper for the dropping ball.

When Holy couldn’t claim, Leonard had the presence of mind to brilliantly lift the ball over his and  Holy’s head and into the net to give Southend the lead midway through the first half.

Against Plymouth, Phil Brown was disappointed with his team’s cutting edge in front of goal and he may have felt the same way here as Blues spurned a number of brilliant chances to build on Leonard’s opener.

Gabriel Zakuani played a poor pass across his back-line which was easily picked off by Michael Kightly and after he laid the ball off to Simon Cox the Blues striker dragged his shot wide.

Seconds later and Anton Ferdinand had an even better chance when the ball fell to him inside the area from a corner, only for him to slice his half-volley over the bar.

And before the half was out Marc-Antoine Fortune was teed up 12-yards out and completely unmarked, but his first-time effort was saved by the left foot of Holy.

The question going into the second half was whether Blues were going to rue all those missed chances and that question was quickly answered as Gills equalised before the hour mark.

A deep cross from the right-hand side found the leap of striker Tom Eaves, who rose highest to head beyond Mark Oxley and score Gillingham’s first league goal of the campaign to make it 1-1.

The goal had Southend at sixes-and-sevens and now, with the bit between their teeth, Gillingham pushed for a second goal which duly came once again through Eaves.  

Connor Ogilvie beat McGlashan to a loose ball just inside the Blues half and with his second touch, he whipped a low cross into the area, finding Eaves with a diving header to put the Gills in front.

Southend’s long wait for a win against Gillingham looked like it was going to continue, but Brown’s side responded brilliantly to going behind by levelling up within two minutes through Kightly.

After the ball fell to the former Burney man on the edge of the area, Kightly took one touch to set himself before drilling the ball low and into the bottom corner to restore parity.  

This back-and-forth game had now swung back in favour of the Blues and just 10-minutes after going behind, Southend retook the lead with Simon Cox grabbing his first goal of the season.

Theo Robinson – who had been brought on for Fortune – was unlucky to see his curling shot crash off the crossbar, but Cox was on hand to follow up. Although the Blues striker couldn’t beat Holy with his first effort he followed up his own rebound to score from a yard out.

Before the final whistle though the pendulum would swing once more in favour of Gillingham in this crazy second-half as they were given the chance the level from the spot after Robinson fouled Mark Byrne in the area.

Eaves stepped up to complete his hat-trick and bring Gillingham level, and he did so at the second attempt after Oxley saved the spot-kick only for the Gills number nine to tap in the rebound and ensure the points were shared. 

Gillingham XI: Holy, O’Neill, Lacey, Ehmer (Parker 41’), Zakuani (Nugent 70’), Eaves, Martin (C), Ogilvie, Bingham, Nash (Cundle 74’), Bryne. Subs Not Used: Arnold, Wagstaff, Hessenthaler, Nugent, Oldaker


Blues XI: Oxley, Hendrie, Ferdinand (C), Kightly, Timlin, Fortune (Robinson 62’), Cox, McGlashan, Leonard, Demetriou, White. Subs Not Used: Smith, McLaughlin, Ba, Yearwood, Bridge, Kyprianou

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistants: Marc Wilson & Samuel Ogles

Fourth Official: Adrian Waters


Gillingham: Tom Eaves 56’, 63’, 80’

Southend: Ryan Leonard 21’, Michael Kightly 65’, Simon Cox 73’

Yellow Cards:

Gillingham: Mark Byrne 51’, Connor Ogilvie 89’, Tom Eaves 90+3’

Southend: Michael Timlin 11’, Jason Demetriou 58’, Stephen Hendrie 87’

Attendance:  5,339

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Ticket News

Gillingham Ticket Information

24 August 2017

Ticket information ahead of Saturday 26th August.

Tickets for the Sky Bet League One game away to Gillingham will come off sale at 3pm on Friday.

After this time, any tickets that aren't collected will be taken to Gillingham to be collected from the Priestfield Road collection point.

Sales on the day are cash only and the prices increase by £2 for all age categories.

A reminder as well that the away stand is uncovered.

Advance prices are as follows: 

Adult - £20.00

Senior - £16.00

Under 18/Student - £6.00

For Gillingham travel information click here.

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